V for Vendetta
Directed by: James McTeigue
Written by: Andy & Larry Wachowski (screenplay), Alan Moore (graphic novel)
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, John Hurt, and Stephen Rea
You can’t blame Alan Moore for not wanting his name put on adaptations of his graphic novels. It all began with the atrocious adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the tradition carried on with the below-average take on his most renowned work, Watchmen. In between those two garbage heaps though, one of his graphic novels was given justice. That movie was V for Vendetta (300 was just pretty.)
Though the Wachowski Brothers switch the focus of the novel to represent restrained rebellion against government rather than all-out anarchy, the movie still moves along with a purposeful pace and terrific action sequences. Moore was still outraged at their nerve, and again, you can’t really blame him. Unlike the other adaptations though, this one was made with more than a cash-in in mind.